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Robot War Debated

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Some scientists do take the inevitable robot uprising seriously and P.W. Singer appears to be one of them.  He has written the book Wired for War/ The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the Twenty-first Century published by Penguin Press.

The article I just read about this states:

Singer quotes Vernon Vinge, mathematician, computer scientist and science fiction writer, as predicting more than 15 years ago: “Within the next 30 years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence. Shortly thereafter, the human era will be ended.”

That is chilling to say the least.  What is even more chilling, in my opinion, is the fact that the company IRobot which got its name from Asimov’s book, believes that there won’t be a conflict with the robots in the future because humans and robots will have merged into one.

sfgate.com 2/11/2009 Scientists Debate Robot War

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Written by luminousx

February 11, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Robots Won’t Replace Soldiers, Says General

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Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis speaking at the Brookings Institute provided an interesting analysis of robots on the battlefield.   War, the general explained, is a social phenomenon that requires human solutions.    According to General Mattis, technology doesn’t win wars.  It is a tool for war, but can’t take the necessary actions necessary to win the war.  “In my experience,” Mattis told the audience, “mechanistic approaches to war don’t work.”

Overreliance on technology also can create vulnerabilities in the event that technology fails. Mattis cited the widespread military use of GPS technology — a capability he said the military fought tooth and nail when it was first introduced, but now would be hard-pressed to operate without. The question of the enemy shutting down GPS has become a question of “when, not if,” Mattis said. “We may see a lot of robots sitting in the warehouse” when that happens, he said.

I must add ‘GPS’ to one of the achilles heels of robots for when the inevitable robot uprising occurs.

Defence Professionals 2/1/2009 Robots: Technology to enable, not replace warfighters

Written by luminousx

February 1, 2009 at 7:30 pm

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The Robots in Blue

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Mesa, Arizona is getting some additional help to its police force, thanks to a grant from Homeland Security.  The additonal help is in the form of two robots.

The first policebot was constructed by Automatika/Foster-Miller, Inc. and is a tactical model, designed to help in an urban environment with bomb and device detection.

icorThe second policebot was constructed by ICOR Technology, Inc. and will be put in service by the city’s bomb team.  This unit will provide non-lethal weapon support.

It only makes sense that the very automated Iraq and Afghanistan wars would result in some of that automation coming home to help protect our city streets and putting robots in positions of security and authority of civilians.  All the better for them when the uprising begins.

AZCentral.com 1/22/2009 Mesa approves robots for police force

Written by luminousx

January 22, 2009 at 12:06 pm

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Sacrifice Robots, Not Humans

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A letter to the editor on Canada’s The Star website addresses the death of Canadian soldiers from roadside explosive traps and puts for the premise that robots should be leading the charge, setting off the Improvised Explosive Devices so humans won’t be killed by them.

When it comes to the use of robots in combat, I do think it is accepted that using robots in this manner is good and proper.  Robots are already performing the task of dismantling and setting off road side explosives in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The real question is how we can make them more effective.

Written by luminousx

January 11, 2009 at 9:16 am

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World’s Armies 40% Robotic by 2020

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The robotization of armed forces will continue unimpeded, according to Antonio Lopez Pelaez, a professor of sociology at Spain’s National Distance Learning University.  He co-authored a paper recently published in Technological Forecasting and Social Change. aper makes many predictions regarding how humans and robots will continue to interact in the future.  As soon as 2011 a convergence of robots, computers and entertainment will see an explosion of robotos in the home.

Guardian 12/15/2007 Love, labour and the robot armies of the future

Written by luminousx

December 15, 2008 at 12:58 pm

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Readers Respond to Ethical Warbots

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The New York Times version of the Ethics of Programming Robots for War, received a couple interesting responses.  One mentioning the first ethical system for robots as presented by Isaac Asimov, the Laws of Robotics, and the second highlighting the fact that programming robots for war adds a layer in the war process that removes the people programming the robots from the actual carnage the robots are programmed to cause.   I thought both were fascinating opinions and worthy of discussion.

The New York Times 12/3/2008 Robot Warfighters

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December 2, 2008 at 8:51 am

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The Ethics of Programming Robots for War

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Can robots be programmed to follow the Geneva Convention?  Now that drones are being programmed to make inflight combat decisions on whether to launch an attack or not.  Autonomous lethal force in combat situations needs ethical guidance.  Can a robot tell the difference between a frightened child with a toy gun and a soldier with a real one?  Will a robot use lethal force to protect itself?

The Takeaway 11/25/2008 Lethal autonomous systems: The ethics of programming robots for war

This is a topic ripe for debate.

Written by geekmom99

November 25, 2008 at 3:48 pm